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Jan 3rd, 2010 at 19:33 GMT
funny how only after Iceland goes bankrupt it applies to join the EU
Jan 3rd, 2010 at 21:02 GMT
Memo to Turkey....if you applied in 1987 and still aren't in, you probably aren't going to make it.
May 5th, 2010 at 19:25 GMT
Turkey is never going to join the EU! Iceland, however, is very welcome.
May 9th, 2010 at 22:14 GMT
I wouldn't bet on Turkey absolutely never joining the EU.
Dec 14th, 2010 at 00:34 GMT
Fine then, Europe, be a big stupid jerk! Turkey doesn't need you and your little clique! He's got real friends now... Islamists.
Dec 17th, 2010 at 13:29 GMT
I don't know how many different ways I tried to spell Herzegovina, only to find out what's not the country I was going for.
Dec 17th, 2010 at 15:33 GMT
Serbia needs to resolve em a little issue..... its called Kosovo
Dec 17th, 2010 at 15:50 GMT
Well, the president of European Commission has said that Turkey might be ready to join the EU in a further 10 years, so it's a possibility.
Dec 17th, 2010 at 16:41 GMT
Croatia is the only one that will join before 2015. Iceland has a referendum that must be passed first, and all polls show it now failing. Turkey won't make it unless all 27 EU nations are run by their left wing governments. Macedonia and Serbia will take at least 8 years. After Croatia, i only see Montenegro and maybe Albania joining before 2020.
Dec 17th, 2010 at 17:36 GMT
The Wikileaks cables showed that the UK is blocking Croatia's bid, because the UK believes Croatia hasn't changed much in the last 15 years. Turkey, the Cyprus issue will always be a major stumbling block, as well as some other issues. Macedonia have the naming issue with Greece. I think the Kosovo issue will be resolved soon, so Serbia could be a legitimate prospective member soon.
Dec 17th, 2010 at 18:14 GMT
Iceland seems like the only one that could enter with out any big issues(now that ice-save deals are done) but there also the only country that will put it to a referendum where it will most likely fail.
Aug 14th, 2011 at 14:24 GMT
"Future" EU Members? Maybe five of 'em. Albania will face frustration for the same reason as Turkey - certain governments can't cope with the idea of a muslim nation in the EU.
Aug 16th, 2011 at 17:20 GMT
Russia should join the EU. That would be revolutionary.
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 00:09 GMT
What abou Ukraine and Moldova?? I've heard they want to join too.
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 16:20 GMT
@LICA98: The governments of both countries have expressed a desire to join, but neither has actually applied yet.
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May 9th, 2013 at 04:36 GMT
The Albanians will never bounce back from the arse-kicking they suffered at the hands of Liam Neeson.
May 9th, 2013 at 04:45 GMT
Great quiz, and happy Europe Day! It'd be interesting to see some of these countries join, especially Turkey and Serbia. Iceland FTW!
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May 9th, 2013 at 04:52 GMT
@abanazerb: I don't think that Albania's Muslim majority would keep them out of the EU. While there's certainly plenty of bad feelings about Muslims in the EU, there's already plenty of them that have immigrated, and 1.5 million extra wouldn't make a dent. It's Turkey's 80 million extra Muslims, from a country that's only 3% in Europe that would really bothers a substantial number of Europeans if they suddenly became part of the same union.
May 9th, 2013 at 05:56 GMT
@Azrael: Turkey is a secular country, what else could they do not to bother you? Leave their religion completely?!!
May 9th, 2013 at 06:04 GMT
GGrrrr...Iceland...hiding way up there nowhere near Europe. You tried to escape me!!!!
May 9th, 2013 at 07:00 GMT
From the perspective of having lived in Turkey, I can say that it would take a seismic shift in mindset on the part of pretty much the entire population for it to join the EU. Turkey still has laws in place which it would have to repeal in order to join/doesn't have laws which it would have to introduce - regarding discrimination against people with disabilities, restrictions on freedom of speech and goodness knows what else. Over the course of the negotiations, the Turkish government has tried to implement some of the changes which membership would require, and it's been the backlash against them which has prevented it from implementing the rest.
Put simply, the Turkish government wants to join the EU, but the vasat majority of the Turkish people don't. It's not going to happen in the foreseeable future.
May 9th, 2013 at 09:56 GMT
Albania will probably face less of a problem than Turkey for two reasons: first, there is nothing as big as the Cyprus issue hindering them (although the Kosovo question affects them since the Kosovo comprises ethnic Albanians). Second, regarding islamophobia, they are less and many of them are muslim in name only, not unlike may eastern European christian states whittled down the number of practicing christians in their country during the communist era. On the other hand, they face a steeper economic climb. That being said, politics can shift.
May 9th, 2013 at 10:03 GMT
Nice quiz, but I'd suggest to accept FYROM as an alternative answer for Macedonia. The name is one of the issues it has with EU-member Greece, so, especially in this context, it is relevant.
May 9th, 2013 at 12:15 GMT
You can literally type the names of every European country in the time allotted
May 9th, 2013 at 14:05 GMT
May 9th, 2013 at 15:01 GMT
I had no idea that Iceland wasn't a member of the EU! I've learned something today.
May 9th, 2013 at 16:33 GMT
@Azrael Mate there's a chip on your shoulder, might want to address that.
May 9th, 2013 at 17:10 GMT
The real reason why it'd be a bad idea to admit Turkey isn't because they're Muslims or they're 'only 3% in Asia'. It's because they treat the Kurds like ****, refuse to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, and have the largest number of journalists in jail of any country in the world. 'Insulting Turkishness' in Turkey can land you in jail. And yet Turkey is considered the model Muslim democracy by many in the Arab world. While it is undoubtedly better than its neighbours to the south and east, it has a long way to go before it can be admitted into the EU.
May 9th, 2013 at 17:39 GMT
Good and happy europe day! (the bonuses are kosovo and bosnia & herzegovina)
May 9th, 2013 at 17:45 GMT
What makes Croatia an "acceding country" rather than a "candidate"?
May 9th, 2013 at 18:14 GMT
I think Croatia have been accepted and are set to become a member at a future date with certain provisos.
May 9th, 2013 at 18:55 GMT
Croatia is acceding because on the 3rd July 2013 it become part of the EU and therefore there will now be 28 EU Member States.
May 9th, 2013 at 20:58 GMT
Enjoy a happy Europe Day all my European sporclemates!! And feel welcome, Croatians! Dobrodošli u Europi, Hrvati!
May 9th, 2013 at 22:48 GMT
Why would Iceland want to join, they do so good on their own.
May 9th, 2013 at 23:20 GMT
May 10th, 2013 at 00:17 GMT
Please accept fyrom for macedonia
May 10th, 2013 at 01:55 GMT
What about Scotland? If they get independence next year, they'll have to reapply to the EU.
May 10th, 2013 at 15:36 GMT
I guess I got voted down because I decided to talk frankly about anti-Muslim feelings in the EU? I'm an American, not a European, and don't assume that because I talk frankly about anti-Muslim feelings in part of the world that that means I hold those feelings myself. Because I don't.
May 11th, 2013 at 00:58 GMT
@holytriplem:Of course, those are the reasons why Turkey shouldn't join the EU. My comment was concerning the reasons why Turkey won't be able to join the EU.
May 11th, 2013 at 10:18 GMT
Turks don't give a **** about EU, you'll witness this when Turkey gets accepted but refuses to join.
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